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Crews, trucks head to Coal City to clean up storm debris

Linda Micetich uses a wagon to haul soaking went clothes to a garbage pile Saturday as she helps clean up debris from Monday's tornado in Coal City.
Linda Micetich uses a wagon to haul soaking went clothes to a garbage pile Saturday as she helps clean up debris from Monday's tornado in Coal City.

COAL CITY — Maintenance and nonprofit organization crews are at work Monday to clean up debris in Coal City from a tornado that hit the area last week. 

Maintenance and public works crews from other villages and cities are helping out, as well as Team Rubicon and the Illinois Department of Transportation, Coal City Police Sgt. Thomas Logan said. More than 70 trucks from IDOT, mutual aid communities, private companies and volunteers are expected to roll into the city. 

“[The clean-up] is continuing in the areas behind the high school and closer to the area of Spring [Road] and Broadway [Street],” Logan said.

Thousands of volunteers have been helping with the cleanup effort since Friday. The clean-up effort has focused on ridding the village of storm debris to ensure streets are open for traffic and storm water systems run unimpeded. 

Residential trash collection will resume Tuesday and village officials coordinated with Waste Management to have additional trucks in operation.

Logan said he estimates by either Wednesday or Thursday morning, there will be an assessment of how many check points law enforcement officials can eliminate. The check points are areas protected by law enforcement where only relief workers or insurance agents can pass through, he said.

As of Monday, there are eight checkpoints and four roving patrols, he said.

Coal City village partnered with Team Rubicon, an international nonprofit disaster response organization, to visit each property affected by the tornado and offer assistance. The property owner is under no obligation to participate in the Team Rubicon program, village officials said. 

Ways to help

Volunteers are invited to assist on Tuesday, starting at 9 a.m., according to a news release from the Community Foundation of Grundy County.

Volunteers are asked to report to Diamond Banquet Hall, 55 Daly Road in Diamond, to be bused to specific project locations until 2:30 p.m. each day. Volunteers must be 18 and are asked to wear hard-soled boots. They also are to bring work gloves. For information on volunteering call 815-518-3047.

Logan said people who want to donate items or find ways to help Coal City residents should call 815-518-3047. They can also still donate money to the Community Foundation of Grundy County.

Coal City police officials posted on their Facebook page that Coal City Turning Pointe Apostolic Church will offer babysitting and children’s activities 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

They also posted the Coal City Methodist Church is in need of D batteries, duct tape, dish soap, laundry detergent, extension cords, storage totes, dryer sheets and Ziploc bags. 

The church will be open today from 1 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Kellie Marie Salon, Eight E. North St., will give out free haircuts to tornado victims from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

Free laundry service will be offered Monday until 4 p.m. at Sparkle Laundromat, 692 E. Division, Coal City.

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